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My senior dog.

Started by on 08 Oct 2018 – Last touched: 08 Oct 2018

08 Oct 2018 11:27 am    

My dog is not anymore a puppy and he just doesn't want to walk with me all the time.
That's a very sad situation, but you need to consider the animal as a senior. I'm sure you just don't ask your grandma to go having a run with you or to go climbing with you. You just spend some quality time with her, like backing a cake or having a nice conversation. Well, this is time to do something similar to your dog. He's an old creature now, and, even though we need them to be life-partners, well, there are different needs at the time is passing by. So just respect that, I think, and, in case you need someone to run with, then you can always adopt another dog, a younger one, but you will need time (quality time) to spend with the older one.

I haven't had any senior dog. My oldest one is 10 years old and he's still strong and loves the walks. But I think everyone needs to be prepared for the dog coming, the old one, the one you need to care and to walk differently, like an old person. The one needing to be warmer, with a better bed; the one whose bones hurt and falling teeth. Yes, that's the saddest part, maybe, but this is how life works. So, as well as the years pass, just never stop watching your dog, his/her changes and being there for him.

What do you think?? Do you have any senior dog??

08 Oct 2018 02:15 pm

I used to look after a friend’s dog on many occasions - whilst her owner was working during the day, or when her owner visited her mother in Spain. She was a black Labrador/retriever cross, and very friendly. She lost her eyesight when she became older, but I gather blindness isn’t as big a problem for a dog as it is for a human. The saddest part was when her hips started to fail, and we used to take her for "walks" in a wheelbarrow. However, she lost the wag in her tail, and we decided that she no longer had any enjoyment in her life. It was a this point that my friend had to decide if it was better to keep her alive, and in constant discomfort, or if she should let her slip away. The decision was to give her a bar of chocolate, which she loved, but which is poisonous for dogs, and let her enjoy that whilst lying on her favourite beanie bag. The vet then gave her a painless injection.

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